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David Harrison


David Harrison covers immigration, labor, retirement security and other social policy beats. Before joining CQ Roll Call in April 2011, he worked at Stateline and at the Roanoke Times in Virginia, where he contributed to the newspaper's coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. He is a graduate of Carleton College and George Washington University, where he earned a master's degree in public policy.

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Dreaming of Retirement Savings, California Style

March 13, 2013

Kevin de León, a California state senator, likes to tell the story of a 74-year-old San Diego woman who takes two buses to the wealthy enclave of Coronado to clean houses several days a week. Despite a lifetime of hard work, her Social Security check does not cover her living expenses, he says, forcing her to put off retirement.

House Immigration Negotiators Mull Citizenship Compromise

Feb. 28, 2013

House immigration negotiators are discussing a proposal that would allow illegal immigrants to eventually earn citizenship without creating a special process that Republicans surely would oppose.

Harkin, Miller Eager to Push an Even Bigger Raise

Feb. 27, 2013

Few members of Congress were more pleased to hear President Barack Obama call for an increase in the minimum wage than Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. George Miller, D-Calif. The two have been working on increasing the minimum wage for years, routinely introducing legislation that would raise it over several years and peg it to inflation.

Minimum Wage Proposal Renews Economic Debate

Feb. 27, 2013

By calling for an increase in the minimum wage during this month’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama waded into a long-running debate among labor economists, with some saying the proposal would raise incomes and others countering that it would lead to decreases in employment.

Republicans Blast Release of Immigrant Detainees Due to Sequester

Feb. 26, 2013

Republicans in the House and Senate blasted the Obama administration Tuesday after reports surfaced that Immigration and Customs Enforcement had quietly released hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention centers and into supervised release in advance of steep budget cuts.

Business, Labor Groups Outline Points of Agreement on Guest-Worker Program

Feb. 21, 2013

Business and labor groups working on a new foreign guest-worker program have agreed on a few points of their proposal but remain far apart on some key provisions.

Democrats Say Citizenship Shouldn't Be Tied to Border Security

Feb. 13, 2013

Senate Democrats and a top Obama administration official sought Wednesday to decouple border security from a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a centerpiece of the principles laid out last month by a bipartisan Senate working group.

Obama Urges Citizenship for Immigrants, Despite Lingering GOP Opposition

Feb. 12, 2013

President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to once again prod Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul, a goal that could be within reach this year.

House Immigration Hearing Shows Little GOP Movement on Citizenship

Feb. 5, 2013

House Republicans cast doubt on efforts to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul Tuesday and indicated that Congress should look for a middle ground that would legalize the status of illegal immigrants but stop short of granting them citizenship.

Debt Limit Move Provides Budget Deal Opportunity

Jan. 21, 2013

The short-term debt limit suspension detailed Monday by House Republicans appears likely to delay one fiscal confrontation, but opinions are divided on whether it could lay the groundwork for something much bigger.

House Fiscal Alternative Amendment Would Revive GOP Spending Cuts

Jan. 1, 2013

House Republican leaders put forward a measure they’ve pushed out before, a bill to replace the sequester with new spending reductions, as a way to offset part of the cost of the fiscal deal that the Senate sent to the House early Tuesday morning.

Democrats' Bid to Replace Sequester Central to Fiscal Cliff Standoff

Dec. 30, 2012

Negotiations aimed at a last-ditch budget deal were at a standoff over the weekend, in part because of attempts by Democrats to address the $109 billion in automatic spending cuts slated to take effect in the current fiscal year.

Democrats Balk at 'Chained CPI' Provision in White House Entitlements Proposal

Dec. 18, 2012

Democrats are balking at President Barack Obama’s latest offer to House Republicans to shift the way inflation is calculated.

One Question on Pay, but Many Answers

Dec. 11, 2012

Do federal workers make more than comparable private sector workers? It’s a simple question, but there’s no easy answer.

For Federal Workers, a Fiscal Cliff Deal Carries Dangers

Dec. 11, 2012

Federal workers know the drill when it comes to big budget questions. With Congress grappling with another fiscal crisis, federal employee unions are bracing for more efforts to wring savings from government salaries and benefits.

Uphill Battle to Extend Jobless Benefits

Nov. 29, 2012

About 20 years ago, during an earlier recession, Rep. Sander M. Levin, D-Mich., traveled to an unemployment office in the town of Madison Heights in his district, accompanied by a reporter.

The Patchwork In Place to Help the Unemployed

Nov. 29, 2012

Unemployment insurance is a shared federal-state responsibility that, in normal times, offers 26 weeks of benefits to laid-off workers pegged at roughly half the workers’ former salary. States also have a permanent extended benefits program, funded jointly with the federal government, that offers 13 to 20 additional weeks of benefits during economic slumps.

GOP Senators Offer a 'Starting Point' For Immigration Debate Ahead

Nov. 27, 2012

Senate Republicans took a first step Tuesday toward a compromise on immigration by proposing to allow young illegal immigrants brought to this country as children to remain permanently.

GOP Willing to Deal on Immigration

Nov. 14, 2012

Republican senators are inching toward working on a broad immigration overhaul with their Democratic colleagues, a sign that the window of opportunity to address the issue could again be cracking open, at least in the Senate.

Vote Will Test GOP's Post-Election Immigration Strategy

Nov. 12, 2012

House leaders plan to bring up a high-tech visa bill during the lame-duck session, teeing it up as the first test of the GOP’s post-election immigration strategy. An aide to Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said the bill would come up “before the holidays.”

Last-Ditch Talks Resume on High-Tech Visa Legislation

Nov. 3, 2012

House and Senate negotiators hope that legislation granting additional permanent visas to highly skilled immigrants could be revived before the end of the year. But the presidential election makes finding a compromise more difficult.

As Incoming Judiciary Chairman, Goodlatte Will Face Immigration, Criminal Law, Civil Rights

Nov. 2, 2012

Virginia Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte is a mild-mannered Republican known for his expertise in agriculture and Internet policy. But when he takes over the Judiciary Committee as expected next year, the promotion will put him at the center of bruising debates over immigration, criminal law and civil rights.

Proponents Plan Another Push for Pay Equity in Wake of New Study

Oct. 24, 2012

Congressional proponents are renewing their call for pay equity for women in light of a new study on the issue that has flared in the presidential campaign.

Immigration Overhaul Could Be ‘Done Next Year’ if Re-Elected, Obama Says

Oct. 24, 2012

President Obama is promising to push for a major immigration overhaul in Congress in 2013 should he win re-election.

Republicans Seek Overdue Pension Reports from Obama Administration

Oct. 22, 2012

House and Senate Republicans are putting pressure on the Obama administration to release reports on the viability of multi-employer pension plans, retirement funds that are popular with unions and other groups of small employers.

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